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Turtle conservation

Project name:

Tortugas de Pacuare

Project purpose:

Turtle conservation

Project activities:

  • animal interaction

  • animal rehabilitation

  • data collection/analysis

Weekly cost (approx USD):

$

200

Marine

Costa Rica

Central America

1 Ratings

1

Direct benefits you gain:

  • cultural integration

  • field research skills

  • remote scenic location

  • report writing

  • undertake your own research

Noteworthy conservation points:

  • contributes to environmental policy

  • development goals (supporting local community)

Accommodation:

Shared rooms in cabins

When does the project run?

Facilities:

accommodation included, food included, refillable drinking water, shower (cold), toiler (western)

How long can I stay?

Requirements:

Details of the day-to-day life on the project:

The sea turtle conservation project in natural refuge gandoca is a joint effort of the association of this community with the inhabitants of this beautiful corner of the Caribbean. Here, volunteers from all over the world and local guides work every night to protect one of the most endangered species of sea turtles, such as the leatherback turtle, through night patrols we look for turtles to take scientific information such as biometrics, marking and geolocation of the nests, with the objective of recovering the population of these turtles that are one of the species that are in serious danger of extinction. Its large size of 2 meters on average will surprise you and make you realize why it is so necessary to protect these beautiful and impressive animals, at the same time you are going to enjoy one of the places cataloged as the most beautiful of the Costa Rican Caribbean, full of friendly people and desires to protect nature. 

What do we expect from our volunteers? We want people with love for nature who are willing to collaborate with us in the protection of our flora and fauna and who are willing to work as a team with people from different places and cultures. 
What can you expect from us? We are people who were born and love this paradisiacal and beautiful place of the Caribbean, so you will find people committed to conservation and with our characteristic way of being (Costa Rican) very fun friendly to all our volunteers. 


For this program, you should bring flashlights with red light, dark clothes (for patrols), comfortable shoes for walking on the beach, rain jacket, mosquito repellent, sunblock and personal care items.Typical day

 

Your schedule as a volunteer can vary each day, but mostly it will look like this one:

Meals
8:30 am: breakfast 
12:30 am: lunch 

 

Communal work
9:30 am: communal work
2:30 pm: communal work 
The total communal work during the day is approx. 2 hours
Among the communal work we do is the plastic collection on the beach and the apt to the improvement program of the Gandoca Manzanillo wildlife refuge

 

Beach patrolling 
The most important time to patrol on the beaches is at night. This is when the turtles usually come ashore to lay their eggs and thus, the most dangerous moment for them. 
8:00 pm to 12:00 am
12:00 am to 4:00 am

Reviews & ratings

Adriano

Volunteer

Very Good Program

My week at Daktari was excellent and the program is very intense in the sense that we all get together with the kids and animals from 7am until 9 pm. It is an excellent choice for a first volunteering program abroad considering and I would definitely like to go back someday

Corinne

Intern

It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of

Wild Sun Rescue is an animal rehabilitation center located in the remote and scenic fishing village of Cabuya, Costa Rica. The long-term (12 week) volunteer experience involved getting to do hands-on work with all of the animals that are housed at the center, including howler monkeys, capuchins, opossums, squirrels and raptors. The daily duties included diet prep (mostly chopping and cooking fruits and veggies), enclosure cleaning, facility maintenance (repairing enclosures, building new enclosures and enrichment), and animal handling and medical treatment. It was an experience that I feel extremely lucky to have been a part of--nowhere else in the world would I be able to work with all of these amazing animals, in such a unique and beautiful location. As a wildlife biology intern, I also had the opportunity to create my own research project at the center, supervised and assisted by the internship coordinator.

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